All-NESCAC Football Teams Released

Will Jernigan, Middlebury
HADLEY, Mass. – Middlebury junior Will Jernigan (Decatur, Ga.) is the NESCAC Offensive Player of the Year as voted by the league’s coaches. Jernigan is the fifth Panther to garner the Offensive Player of the Year honor, joining Bryan Sanchez (2000), Donald McKillop (2009), McCallum Foote (2012 & 2013), and Matt Milano (2014).
 
A quarterback, Jernigan also earned a spot on the All-NESCAC First Team Offense, the first all-conference honor of his career. Jernigan directed a Middlebury offense that finished the year ranked second in the NESCAC in scoring offense (30.6 ppg) and total offense (410.6 ypg). Jernigan ranked second in the NESCAC in passing yards per game (222.1) and totaled 1,990 yards through the air with 16 touchdowns. He also ranked ninth in the league in rushing yards per game (56.8) and recorded eight touchdowns on the ground. Jernigan finished the year leading the conference in total offense with 2,501 yards (277.9 ypg).
 
Middlebury junior Jack Pistorius (Park Ridge, Ill.) was voted as the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year and named to the All-NESCAC First Team Defense, his first all-conference honor. Pistorius contributed to a Panther defense that ranked third in total defense this season, limiting opponents to 4.7 yards per play. The linebacker finished the year tied for fourth in the NESCAC in tackles (72) and sacks (5.5). Pistorius is the third Panther to collect Defensive Player of the Year honors, joining Andy Steele (2000) and Erik Woodring (2007).
 
First-years Alex Maldjian (Rumson, N.J.) of Middlebury and Nick Helbig (Groton, Conn.) of Wesleyan were selected as Co-Rookies of the Year. Maldjian led the Panthers’ rushing attack, which ranked second in the NESCAC this season at 183.1 yards per game. Maldjian, who was also selected to the First Team Offense, is the first rookie to lead the league in rushing since 2000. He ran for 905 yards, averaging a touch over 100 yards per game (100.6) to go with 10 touchdowns. Maldjian is the third player from Middlebury to earn Rookie of the Year honors, joining Donald McKillop (2007) and Tim Patricia (2012).
 
Helbig earned a spot on the First Team Defense from his defensive line position. He helped Wesleyan finish second in the NESCAC standings with an 8-1 record and rank second in turnover margin (+12) for the year. Helbig totaled 7.5 sacks this season, tying for the top mark in the conference, and finished the year with 39 tackles. Helbig is the fourth Cardinal to garner Rookie of the Year honors, joining Brennan Carney (2000), Pat Curran (2002), and LaDarius Drew (2011).
 
Middlebury head coach Bob Ritter was selected as the NESCAC Coach of the Year by his peers. He earns the honor for the third time in his 19 years at the helm of the Panthers. This season, Ritter guided Middlebury to the first 9-0 season in NESCAC history and the Panthers’ first undefeated season since 1972. Middlebury captured its fourth NESCAC title and its first outright title since 2007 with the perfect mark.
 
All-NESCAC Football Teams

Offensive Player of the Year: Will Jernigan, Middlebury
Defensive Player of the Year:
Jack Pistorius, Middlebury
Co-Rookies of the Year: 
Alex Maldjian, Middlebury & Nick Helbig, Wesleyan
Coach of the Year:
 Bob Ritter, Middlebury

All-NESCAC First Team Offense
Pos. Name Institution Yr. Hometown
QB Will Jernigan Middlebury Jr. Decatur, Ga.
RB Alex Maldjian Middlebury Fy. Rumson, N.J.
RB Nate Richam-Odoi Bowdoin Sr. West Hartford, Conn.
WR/QB David Estevez Wesleyan So. River Edge, N.J.
WR James O'Regan DK Amherst Sr. Wilmington, Mass.
WR Frank Roche Tufts Gr. Arlington, Mass.
WR Koby Schofer AK Trinity Sr. Northbridge, Mass.
WR Frank Stola A Williams Jr. Northport, N.Y.
TE Kyle Horihan Williams Sr. Pennington, N.J.
TE Frank Cosolito AH Middlebury Sr. Medfield, Mass.
OL Bryce Jenkins Wesleyan Jr. Tampa, Fla.
OL Kevin Woodring DH Middlebury Sr. Norwalk, Conn.
OL Austin Baiardi AHP Trinity Sr. Smithtown, N.Y.
OL Ryan Schutta Wesleyan Sr. Lansdale, Pa.
OL A.J. Rattee D Hamilton Jr. Northfield, N.H.
OL Patrick Watson Williams Jr. Braintree, Mass.
         
All-NESCAC First Team Special Teams
Pos. Name Institution Yr. Hometown
P Kenny Gray Hamilton Sr. Montgomery, N.Y.
K Samuel Thoreen Hamilton So. Worcester, Mass.
RET Sam Robinson CJ Hamilton Sr. Bethesda, Md.
         
All-NESCAC First Team Defense
Pos. Name Institution Yr. Hometown
DL James Christiano B Trinity Jr. Middlebury, Conn.
DL James Ball Hamilton Jr. Saugerties, N.Y.
DL Nick Helbig Wesleyan Fy. Groton, Conn.
DL Jovan Nenadovic Tufts So. Washington, D.C.
DL Martin Williams EL Middlebury Sr. Chestnut Hill, Mass.
LB Jack Pistorius Middlebury Jr. Park Ridge, Ill.
LB Greg Holt BINO Tufts Sr. Temecula, Calif.
LB Brian Casagrande Trinity So. Madison, Conn.
LB Luke Apuzzi Williams Sr. Princeton, N.J.
LB TJ Rothmann BL Williams Jr. Norwell, Mass.
DB Ben Thaw E Wesleyan Sr. Westport, Conn.
DB Avery Saffold BI Amherst Sr. Chicago, Ill.
DB Ben Anthony Williams Sr. Albany, N.Y.
DB Matt Patry Trinity Sr. Medfield, Mass.
         
All-NESCAC Second Team Offense
Pos. Name Institution Yr. Hometown
QB Ashton Scott Wesleyan So. Brockport, N.Y.
QB Bobby Maimaron DKG Williams Jr. Duxbury, Mass.
RB Dan Vaughn Williams So. Fort Pierce, Fla.
RB David Kagan Hamilton Sr. McLean, Va.
WR Matthew Simco Wesleyan So. Hollis, N.H.
WR Jonathan Girard A Trinity Jr. Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
WR Maxwell Rye F Middlebury Sr. Longmeadow, Mass.
TE Justin Berry Amherst Sr. Somerville, Mass.
TE Joe Samuelman A Trinity Sr. North Andover, Mass.
OL Jack Purcell Middlebury Sr. Darien, Conn.
OL Dan Papa Amherst Sr. Skillman, N.J.
OL Terry Zapf Williams Fy. Winnetka, Ill.
OL Brendan Coleman Amherst Sr. Phoenix, Ariz.
OL Jeffrey MacArthur Williams Sr. Natick, Mass.
         
All-NESCAC Second Team Special Teams
Pos. Name Institution Yr. Hometown
P Sam Han M Wesleyan Sr. Tacoma, Wash.
K Mason Von Jess Wesleyan Fy. Lakeville, Conn.
RET David Estevez Wesleyan So. River Edge, N.J.
         
All-NESCAC Second Team Defense
Pos. Name Institution Yr. Hometown
DL Joe Kelly E Amherst Jr. Greenlawn, N.Y.
DL Alex Norton Middlebury Sr. Cohasset, Mass.
DL Devyn Perkins B Trinity Sr. Brookline, Mass.
DL Nick Richards Wesleyan Sr. Brooklyn, N.Y.
DL Oscar Unobskey Williams Sr. Lexington, Mass.
LB Pete Huggins Middlebury Jr. Houston, Texas
LB Carmine Bruno Hamilton Sr. Staten Island, N.Y.
LB Will Kearney Wesleyan Sr. Wayne, N.J.
LB Marcus Bullard Colby Jr. Brockton, Mass.
LB Jarret Wesner E Williams Jr. Villa Park, Calif.
DB Michael Carr Middlebury Sr. Somerset, N.J.
DB Matt McCarthy Trinity Jr. North Reading, Mass.
DB Danny Banks Wesleyan So. Montclair, N.J.
DB Michael Mughetto Tufts Jr. Verona, N.J.
DB Matt Durborow Amherst Jr. Parsippany, N.J.
 
A - 2018 1st Team Offense
B - 2018 1st Team Defense
C - 2018 1st Team Special Teams
D - 2018 2nd Team Offense
E - 2018 2nd Team Defense
F - 2018 2nd Team Special Teams
G - 2017 Rookie of the Year
H - 2017 1st Team Offense
I - 2017 1st Team Defense
J - 2017 1st Team Special Teams
K - 2017 2nd Team Offense
L - 2017 2nd Team Defense
M - 2017 2nd Team Special Teams
N - 2016 Rookie of the Year
O - 2016 1st Team Defense
P - 2016 2nd Team Offense